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NBA star Hachimura, wrestler Yui Susaki to carry Japan's flag at Tokyo Olympics

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Good for you Rui, carry the flag proudly.

Ignore the naysayers who will rain on your parade and Japanese fans and people in general.

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Congratulations Rui and Yui! Many Japanese will be annoyed and uncomfortable with Rui's selection but I wish him and Yui good luck with this responsibility.

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That was an extremely ballsy decision. We can hope that Japan will continue progress towards intercultural/interracial inclusiveness.

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"That was an extremely ballsy decision."

Well.

"Much more advanced" societies such as British or German, NEVER had black flag bearers.

What about extremely developed Korea, Vietnam, and China?

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What about extremely developed Korea, Vietnam, and China?

Extremely developed? Where on earth did you get that idea, particularly in the case of Vietnam and China? Even the government of China does not recognise China as a developed nation.

Anyway, back to reality, well done Japan. 1 in 20 children born now have a foreign-born parent. That number will be 1 in 10 before long. The choice of Rui is a sign of the modern Japan that embraces multiculturalism.

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tamanegiToday  04:27 pm JST

Congratulations Rui and Yui! Many Japanese will be annoyed and uncomfortable with Rui's selection but I wish him and Yui good luck with this responsibility.

Why do you think so?

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Great PR to show how multicultural and understanding Japan is. Not! All for show.

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Anyway, back to reality, well done Japan. 1 in 20 children born now have a foreign-born parent.

Yeah and what number out of that, are stateless? It's not easy to for many of these kids born to a foreign parent, to get citizenship. A lot also depends upon what the nationality of the foreign parent is as well!

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Back on topic please.

They should have picked Naomi Osaka to go with Rui, but then too many people would have had apoplexy if they did.

Diversity in Japan, only goes so far!

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"They should have picked Naomi Osaka to go with Rui, but then too many people would have had apoplexy if they did."

Certainly because both are representative of 99% of Japanese as an ethnic people, enne.

"Diversity in Japan, only goes so far!"

Call me when the US of A, or Canada, or....("advanced country") sends two "black" athletes to carry the flag at an Olympics!

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I'm sensing a lot of hostility here. Even if you are anti-olympics 2021, which I most definitely am, you can still be happy for athletes who have achieved not only in their sport, but also a symbolic victory showing the multicultural potential for Japan.

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Call me when the US of A, or Canada, or....("advanced country") sends two "black" athletes to carry the flag at an Olympics!

Sorry? Is the title of the page about the US? Tired of all the comparisons being made with THAT country.

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The Covid-19 based rules established by the JOC and IOC state that only athletes allowed to stay at the Olympic Village can attend the Opening Ceremony.

All athletes, including Japanese, can only start staying at the Olympic Village within 5 days of their event.

twice-world-champion wrestler Yui Susaki at the July 23 opener for the pandemic-postponed Games

All wrestling events begin on August 1st, 8 days after the Opening Ceremony.

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They should have picked Naomi Osaka to go with Rui,

So you’re saying They should be picking people by their skin colour, not on merit ?

Lets just ignore other athletes who have proudly represented Japan at previous Olympics

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They should have picked Naomi Osaka to go with Rui

Perhaps they are still unsure whether she will turn up or not.

Why will the stadium be empty? Why can't vaccinated people attend? May even be a good incentive to get more vaccinated

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Peeping Tom

Dawn Staley US 2004

I'm lazy and busy to seach for all who carried the flags in past as everybody else. But I'm pretty sure your statement is wrong.

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